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Will resume coal mining if voted to power in Meghalaya: BJP

IANS  |  Shillong 

Wooing coal miners to vote for the BJP in the upcoming Assembly polls, the BJP on Thursday promised to resume in the state, if voted to power.

In its Vision Document released by Nirmala Sitharaman, the BJP promised to put back on track the coal issue in 180 days of forming the government.

Coal in is ostensibly part of the "customary tribal rights" that has been temporarily banned by the in the state from April 17, 2014, after tribal Dimasa groups filed an application before it alleging that the water of the Kopili river was turning acidic due to coal mining in

"We as a party have always said that mining must be done, without degrading the In the case of Meghalaya, the has not just addressed the issue, it ignored the issue, and it allowed it to go out of hand," said

He also accused the of showing its lack of seriousness and commitment to resolve the mining issue.

In the document, the BJP also highlighted its promise to promote mining of mineral resources with a sense of responsibility towards the protection of the and regeneration of forests.

Promising to promote the setting up of small scale industries such as leather, food processing, fruit processing, the BJP also proposed to simplify rules for local entrepreneurs for setting up industries in the state.

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First Published: Thu, February 15 2018. 20:30 IST
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